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  • Rear Window
  • The Thing
  • Spirited Away

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  • Mr. & Mrs. '55

    ★★★½

  • Candyman

    ★★½

  • Recoil

    ★★½

  • Belle

    ★★★½

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  • Black Samurai

    Black Samurai

    ★★★

    I’m pretty sure Jim Kelly tried to punch a bird in the dick in this movie. Birds mostly don’t have dicks, but he damn well tried his best.

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  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    ★★★½

    I have deeply mixed feelings about Claire’s Knee, one of Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales. I think the film (and director) knows what an utter fucking bastard the lead, Jerome, is. I know the film thinks he’s a buffoon – the directorial stand-in, Aurora, writer and friend of Jerome, is constantly watching him with a smirk, pushing him toward folly and observing his failures, moral and otherwise. But does the film cut him too much slack? And does Rohmer’s unnatural…

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  • Mr. & Mrs. '55

    Mr. & Mrs. '55

    ★★★½

    Pretty much the polar opposite of the only other Guru Dutt film I’ve seen, Pyaasa (in Woody Allen terms, it’s the Sleeper to Pyaasa’s Interiors). Here, Dutt as lead pitches woo in a very Preston Sturges-esque romantic comedy involving a will that requires the gorgeous Madhubala to marry in order to inherit her family wealth, set against the backdrop of some timely cultural and legal shifts around matrimony.

    Dutt exhibits a dynamic visual style and Johnny Walker continues to be…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★½

    Oddly mediocre and forgettable - it felt very ‘90s in a bad way. Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Colman Domingo are wasted in thankless parts. Every anonymous murder victim is carefully and unsubtlely established to be a jerk before getting killed, like a hamfisted Friday the 13th. And worst of all, it completely excised the tortured gothic romanticism of the original in favor of making Candyman a dull phantom.

    I had pretty much given the film up as a total loss until…

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ★★½

    I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.

    I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…

  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★½

    [English Dub]

    This is the second movie I’ve seen this week (after the new Scream) where I just feel … too damn old for this? This movie is so earnest, it wears its heart so openly on its sleeve. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t affect me (I’m not a total fucking monster), but my mind couldn’t help but pick at the structure, the illogic, the messy plot, the corny teenage YA emotionality of it all. But I…